Self-driving cars once seemed as futuristic as cars that could fly.
However, innovators across the auto industry have had their sights on driverless cars for years, and fleets of test cars are currently pounding the pavement all over the world.
Nevada recently passed legislation allowing autonomous vehicles on roadways — the first such law in the US — and Google has patented autonomous vehicle technology.
Driverless Cars Infographic
This graphic illustrates the technological features and systems of a self-driving car that we could be seeing on our streets sooner than you might think:
- Cameras mounted in the rear-view mirror, windshield, and headlamps are designed to determine lane lines, spot hazards and road signals, and use infrared technology to see in the dark.
- Wheel encoders determine the car’s speed.
- Rooftop ranging systems use lasers to capture a 360 degree view of the car’s surroundings.
- GPS navigation systems accurate within 1.9 meters.
- Accident-prevention radars that alerts the vehicle when someone is in its blind spot.